February 2018

Published: 28 February 2018

As a result of the adverse weather, the evening rehearsal for the East Lothian Schools Orchestra at Musselburgh Grammar School on Thursday 1 March 2018 has been cancelled.

A Message from Miss Turbayne

Published: 28 February 2018

School may be closed today (Wednesday) but this gives you plenty of time to complete your CV and Covering Letter for the Employability Interviews due to be held on Thursday 1 March 2018.  

Mr Flood is standing by, waiting for final submissions - please send direct to Mr Flood's Edubuzz email account.

Published: 28 February 2018

There will be a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) lunch time in the PE department about the football trip. Everyone who is going to the match MUST attend the meeting to receive important information. If you cannot make the meeting please see Mr MacDonald ASAP.

Thanks
Mr MacDonald

Published: 27 February 2018

The Sports Extra-Curricular Timetable for Term 2 this session is now available.

Knox Sports wonderful volunteers provide a range of activities, classes and sessions to help improve everyone's health and well-being. 

Whether it's Dance, Yoga or a Team Sport we aim to provide something for everyone. If you haven’t been involved in something this term yet – There is never a better time to get started then Right Now! 

For any further information on any of our programs or if you think you could help us to start a new program, please get in touch by contacting: Mr Steve Wands (Sport and Physical Active Schools Co-ordinator) by phone (07969 428 526) or Email

Published: 27 February 2018

A list of Employability Skills interview times is in the Common Room. A number of S6 pupils have still to submit their CV and Covering Letter for the interviews on Thursday 1 March.  These must be submitted to Mr Flood by lunchtime on Wednesday at the latest. Any concerns please see Mr Flood.

Published: 27 February 2018

All pupils going to the Jobs Roadshow tomorrow should meet at the School Office at the end of Period 1. We will be back for the start of Period 4.

A number of pupils have still to return their Parental Consent Forms. Please return these to Mr Flood at registration tomorrow. If you took a form and are no longer attending, please let Mr Flood know.

Published: 27 February 2018

We are proposing to run a sailing course in activities week at Lowport Centre in Linlithgow. The course will run for 3 or four days and is aimed at both beginners and improvers, working towards Royal Yachting association awards. The cost will be between £120 and £150 which includes equipment hire and transport. Interested pupils should contact Philip in Pupil Support as soon as possible.

Published: 27 February 2018

We have 4 hockey matches planned this Sat vs Ross High and an S2 Hockey Tournament on Friday.

We are delighted to announce that for the 1st time ever, Saturday Fixtures include an S1/S2 boy’s game!

Please make sure to sign up at PE before Thursday at break to play on Saturday.

S2 Hockey Tournament Friday - The S2’s have their East Lothian Tournament on Friday. All S2 players should collect a parent information letter today for this event.

Go Knox!

Published: 26 February 2018

East Lothian Council have extended the consultation period until 30 April 2018 following a request from members of the community.

Take this opportunity and have your say!

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Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership has been working with East Lothian Council and local community partners to identify a suitable location in Haddington for a community shelter.

This has arisen following a request from young people for a place where they could meet to socialise in Haddington and was first raised when the Area Partnership began developing their Area Plan in 2014. The request was duly noted as a potential outcome in the Area Plan and then gained further momentum during the construction of the skatepark on Whittingehame Drive in 2016.

In early 2017, a survey of some local young people was carried out which identified the area around Tynebank Road, Haddington as being their preferred location. East Lothian Council have also agreed that this is their preferred location for a shelter. The Area Partnership has previously supported the design, build and installation of a shelter in Garvald  and has already committed funding to install a similar shelter in Haddington.

A consultation seeking views on this proposed location has now begun. For more details, and to take complete the online survey. Alternatively please email your comments to Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership at handl-ap@eastlothian.gov.uk by no later than Friday 9 March 2018.

Published: 26 February 2018

S1 to S3 pupils have the opportunity to work with Paul Register, Bloke of Steel, and the brains behind the Excelsior Award at a workshop being held THIS FRIDAY 2nd March 2018. Paul will lead a workshop on graphic novels, where pupils will learn and discuss the development, writing, and illustrating of graphic novels. You will also have an opportunity to select stock for the authority collections. 

Places are limited and you should see Mr Plain by the end of TODAY, Tuesday 27th February if you wish to attend the workshop being held THIS FRIDAY 2nd March 2018.

Mr Plain

Published: 26 February 2018

Eco-Committee - meeting Tuesday lunch time - Miss Laudi's room. ATTENDANCE ESSENTIAL!

Published: 26 February 2018

This is reminder that the 4th instalement of £100 for the Paris Trip 2018 is due by Friday 28th February. Any issues please see Miss McBride ASAP.

Published: 23 February 2018

Please can the following pupils attend a meeting with Mrs Malone, to be held in the Learning Support Base, during Period 6, on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

  • Georgina Doctor
  • Jack McKinnel
  • Tan Corcoran
  • Heather MacKinnon
  • Corale Brown
  • Chloe Glass
  • Rhys Whellans
  • Niamh Hewitt
  • Nathan McGuire
Published: 23 February 2018

Interested in getting more involved with RRSA?  Looking for a way to gain experience and get to know new people?  Looking for an opportunity for leadership?

Come along to our RRSA meeting on Wednesday 28th February in RME 2 at 1.20pm.  We are looking for senior pupils to lead and we will be opening up the opportunity to all year groups soon.

There will be biscuits so look forward to seeing you there.  :-)

L Montgomery and V Lyon

Published: 23 February 2018

Just a reminder that all lost property will be displayed in PE after school today (Friday). Please come down to have a look as all the lost property that is left will be given to charity.

Thanks
Mr MacDonald

Published: 23 February 2018

All Higher Business Management pupils should be well underway with their research for their coursework assignment.  Tuesday 13 March 2018 is the day that has been allocated for the final write-up (90 minutes) and submission.  You must ensure that you are working within the allocated timescale.  Remember that extra copies of the project booklet are available on Google Classroom.  The Understanding Standards website is also a key resource to assist you in your analytical technique when you are completing your project booklet, ready for Tuesday 13 March 2018.

Published: 23 February 2018

A reminder to pupils studying Administration & IT, that it is not long until your final coursework assessments.  Remember that you can come in after-school for extra support on areas that you are finding more challenging.  The coursework assessments form a significant portion of your Final Grade.

  • S4 N5 Administration & IT - Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March 2018
  • S5/6 N5 Administration & IT - Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • Higher Adminsitration & IT - Wednesday 14 March 2018
Published: 22 February 2018

Do you have an enterprising idea?  Do you like being independent?  Do you ever get frustrated that you can’t make things happen?

We’re looking to connect with you for the new Knox Academy Enterprise Hub!

Would you want to be part of a team of like-minded people that generates new ideas and ways of making money?  You will get real life experience and support to develop new creative, business and life skills, while having lots of fun. You will also have the opportunity of listening to exciting speakers and meeting inspirational business people.

Knox Academy has been awarded the opportunity to pilot this exciting Enterprise Hub within the school in partnership with award winning social enterprise Lead a Bright Future.

We are looking for pupils from across year groups (S1 – S5) who would either like to be part of a core leadership team, or any pupil that would just like to find out more or share ideas.

The aim of the Hub is that it is led by pupils for pupils (with our support).

From next week the Hub will be open every Wednesday between 11am and 1pm, for anyone interested in the Leadership group (and over the lunch-break for any pupil to drop-in)

Please register your interest with Mr Flood and/or drop into the Hub where Fiona and Elaine from Lead a Bright Future will be delighted to see you.

The Hub will be in the Meeting Room opposite M.11 (Mrs Ferguson’s room) in the Business Education corridor.

Published: 22 February 2018

The photographer from the Homework Diary Company will be coming in to take the yearbook pictures on Monday 26th February, so make sure you look nice!!

The yearbook committee will come and collect the relevant pupils at the relevant times periods 1 through 4 and into lunchtime.

If you have private study during these periods please come and get your picture during lunchtime.

 

The Yearbook Committee

Published: 22 February 2018

Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership has been working with East Lothian Council and local community partners to identify a suitable location in Haddington for a community shelter.

This has arisen following a request from young people for a place where they could meet to socialise in Haddington and was first raised when the Area Partnership began developing their Area Plan in 2014. The request was duly noted as a potential outcome in the Area Plan and then gained further momentum during the construction of the skatepark on Whittingehame Drive in 2016.

In early 2017, a survey of some local young people was carried out which identified the area around Tynebank Road, Haddington as being their preferred location. East Lothian Council have also agreed that this is their preferred location for a shelter. The Area Partnership has previously supported the design, build and installation of a shelter in Garvald  and has already committed funding to install a similar shelter in Haddington.

A consultation seeking views on this proposed location has now begun. For more details, and to take complete the online survey. Alternatively please email your comments to Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership at handl-ap@eastlothian.gov.uk by no later than Friday 9 March 2018.

Published: 22 February 2018

The Literature Club is run by students on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  It is held in Miss Machen's room - all are very welcome.

Come along for more details.

A list of things we will be doing:

  • Poetry
  • News
  • Writing
  • Creative Discussion
  • Illustration
  • Reading

Ben Doddy
on behalf of the Literature Club

Published: 22 February 2018

Anyone still wishing to attend the Scotland Hockey Trip to Glasgow Green on Monday 5th March 2018 should return their form before Friday 23rd Feb at the latest.

Forms coming in after Friday will NOT be accepted.

Forms MUST be collected from and returned too the Active Schools Office

Published: 21 February 2018

DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) are hosting a Jobs Roadshow for all school summer leavers on Wednesday 28 February at the Macdonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick. Meet employers advertising live jobs, apprenticeships and intern opportunities across a variety of industries. The bus is free.

if you are interested in attending please collect a Parental Consent Form from your Guidance Teacher or from Mr Flood.

Published: 21 February 2018

S6 UCAS classes should go to the Assembly Hall at the start of Period 1 today, Thursday.

All CVs and Covering Letters should be completed and submitted to your teacher by Friday 23 February. Employability interviews will take place on Thursday 1 March and Thursday 8 March.

Any questions, please see Mr Flood.

Published: 21 February 2018

It’s that time of year again – the Inter Schools Competition for Saltire Awards!

 

Please make sure you have registered all of you volunteering hours on your Saltire Awards account : https://saltireawards.org.uk/  to make sure you are being recognised for the incredible contribution you make, and in turn the contribution your school makes to your community. All Saltire Award requests made before 31st March 2018 will be included.

Published: 21 February 2018

S1 and S2 Rugby Training will be at the school today NOT the 3G

Published: 21 February 2018

The music department are looking for 2 to 3 S6 volunteers to help with a music class which happens two periods a week (Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4). Once at Knox Academy and Once at Meadowpark. Should you wish to help out or if you would like more information please see Miss McBride or Mr Johnston asap.

Published: 21 February 2018

This is an invitation to be involved in this year’s Knox Dance Showcase on the evening of March 26th. You can participate either as a solo performer or with your dance group.

The show will have groups from both Knox Academy, East Lothian Youth Dance Company and local Primary Schools, performing Street Dance & Breakdance, Tap, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Irish Dancing and more….!

Senior Pupils - This is a great opportunity for you to be assessed as their 1 off PE performance!

If you wish to be involved you must pop into the Active Schools Office (opposite Mr Dempsters room) to sign up.

Published: 21 February 2018

S1 History Pupils have been working hard on their Viking topic and have produced exhibits for a Viking Museum. All pupils and staff are invited to have a look at their work on display in the Library for the next 2 week.

Published: 21 February 2018

For many months in the Business Education cupboard there has been a top quality (probably quite expensive) navy blue SoulCal & Co jacket (size XS).  If this is your jacket please can you claim from Mr Dempster. The jacket has been deliberately hung on the hook in the cupboard, which is frequently used for temporary storage.  Attempts have been made to reunite with its owner, but have so far not been successful.

At the end of the week this jacket will be delivered to the main school office, and if it remains unclaimed will be donated to one of the local charity shops.  

It is well worth naming clothing with a small label so that in situations like this items can be returned.  

Published: 20 February 2018

The East Lothian Hockey Tournaments start this Friday at Meadowmill.
This Friday it’s the S1 tournament and Knox are looking to take 2 S1 teams for 1st ever time!
Can all players please make sure to get a parent information letter today (From Mr Wands) and have it returned by Thursday break at the latest
Go Knox!

Published: 20 February 2018

CompanyNet take on a small number of apprentices aged 16-24 every spring. You don’t need any experience – just a genuine interest in and passion for learning about IT. All of our apprentices have gone on to careers in IT, with many staying with CompanyNet after completing their apprenticeships.

Our open evenings are an opportunity to see our offices, meet some of the team, and ask any questions you have about IT apprenticeships. Parents/guardians are very welcome too.

We plan to hold an open evening for prospective apprentices on Wednesday 21 February and Wednesday 21 March 2018. If you’d like to come along, please complete the online form.

Published: 20 February 2018

Clark Contracts are holding careers evenings on 20th March in Paisley and 22nd March in Edinburgh. 

The event is for anyone interested in a trade apprenticeship, traineeship, graduate position or work experience in the construction industry.

You can view further information about the careers evening here.

Published: 20 February 2018

The latest East Lothian Works Newsletter can be viewed here.

Published: 20 February 2018

Many pupils have misplaced property in the PE department since the beginning of the academic year. It can be very difficult to identify which items belongs to whom, therefore the PE department are introducing a lost property pick up day on the last Friday of every month. All the lost property will be displayed in the PE classroom and any remaining items will be given to charity.

Published: 19 February 2018

Border College are holding a Horse Care Open Day at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 2-7pm.

More details can be found on the website, where attendees can also register online.

Published: 19 February 2018

Applications for full-time courses starting at Borders College in August are being welcomed NOW!

Applicants can apply online by visiting the college's website

The college are offering 2 brand new HNC courses this year:

 

Published: 19 February 2018

Quick reminder: girl's rugby in school session will take place during P1 today (20th Feb), and Wednesday morning and Thursday sessions as normal.

Published: 19 February 2018

Hear from SQA Business Admin apprentices what it’s like to work for the SQA and be part of their MA programme.  Pupils will work towards achieving an SVQ3 and a HNC qualification plus a 2 year contract and a salary of circa £16k per annum.

Held on Thursday 8th March, 10am – 12 noon, followed by a buffet lunch at SQA, 24 Wester Shawfair, Danderhall, Dalkeith EH22 1FD

If you are interested in this opportunity please see your Guidance Teacher or Mr Flood.

Closing date: 26th February 2018.

Published: 19 February 2018

World Thinking Day or Founder's Day is celebrated every year around the world on the 22nd of February by Girlguides and Scouts. The day is marked in order to increase awareness of the two organisations and as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide.

This year all Knox pupils and staff involved in guiding and scouting are invited to come to school on Thursday 22nd February wearing official uniform or trip associated uniform. Lets celebreate together the benefits of being involved in Guiding/Scouting and how wonderful these two organisations really are!!

Anyone who is not involved in Guiding/Scouting in East Lothian and would like to find out more should speak to Miss McBride for more information. Alternatively, you can click on the links below :

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2OBhdeUiug

2. https://www.youtube.com/user/girlguiding

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlHEC_pFws4 

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgq59qJ8EQ

Published: 19 February 2018

The Library will be closed on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd February for coursing. Apologies for inconvenience caused.

Mr Plain.

Published: 19 February 2018

The next meeting of the LGBT+ Alliance Group will meet in Miss Adam’s classroom, lunchtime, Thursday 22nd February. All welcome.

Published: 19 February 2018

The STRIVE database of local organisations has been launched and can be reached on the link below. It lists charities and community interest companies working with both children and adults in East Lothian and is searchable by area. Very much worth a look if you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities in your local area.

Published: 19 February 2018

Anyone who would like to order a Hoodie for the Paris Trip 2018 should collect a letter from Miss McBride asap. Hoodie's are not mandatory therefore you only need to collect a letter if you would like to order one.

Published: 19 February 2018

Green Team meeting - Wednesday 21 February - Miss Laudi's room - lunch time.

Published: 19 February 2018

Eco-Committee meeting - Tuesday 20 February - Miss Laudi's room - lunch time.

Published: 09 February 2018

Aged 16 and over? Want to get started on your career? Arnold Clark has over 300 exciting apprenticeship opportunities, from business skills to vehicle technicians.

So, don’t wait – the future is here. Applications are now open.
Further information and to view apprenticeships, click here.

Published: 09 February 2018

Prestongrange Museum is being redeveloped for the future and we need to hear YOUR voice.

Complete the survey for a chance to win a £20 Amazon Voucher.

Deadline: Friday 23rd of February!

Please share amongst your friends, family and groups!

Published: 08 February 2018

Young students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet staff from Oxford University next month when they host a special event in North Berwick that aims to demystify and explain the application process for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The ‘Oxford Explained’ presentation, to be held at North Berwick High School on 13 March, covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews.

The event aims to leave students feeling much better informed about what applying to and studying at Oxford would involve, as well as aiming to break down any misconceptions about Oxford that may deter students from making an application. The session will be delivered by Oxford Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office staff and it is hoped that it will be supported by current students who will share their experiences. The session is targeted at students in S5, but can also be helpful for younger year groups considering Oxford. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Oxford Explained and Student Life will be on Tuesday 13 March from 6.30pm to 8pm at North Berwick High School. Places can be reserved by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk

Published: 08 February 2018

All Italian Explorers must attend a meeting at break on Thursday 8 February 2018. 

We had hoped at this meeting to be able to get signatures on the 'passport' cards, however we are still missing a number of photographs which were due last week.  Please work to deadlines as this makes everybody's life easier! Obviously, delays may occur on occasion but in these events it is important to let us know in advance.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

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